October 27, 2018

Tour Report: The Command Post of the Navy

The rain had set in during our exploration of the abandoned office building, but we wanted to continue our tour and followed the plan we had made. After all - a bit of rain can't be so bad, can it? As our next location, we had chosen a really interesting place: The main command post of the National People's Navy of the GDR. It consists of a huge underground bunker complex along with the corresponding facilities and barracks above the ground.
It was clear that the bunker would be inaccessible since the city has ordered the owner to seal it to keep people from entering - although it had been open for guided tours a couple of years ago. Still, the area itself and the remaining buildings were interesting enough to go for a little explore.

Upon our arrival, the rain had ceased a little; it as only a bit of a drizzle as we were gathering our stuff out of the car and started making our way from the road where we had parked through the forest. The path was about one and a half kilometers, so we did get a little wet, especially when the rain picked up again.
The buildings that we got to explore were unspectacular. There were no signs of the former military use, and the copper thieves had stolen every metal part over the years. However, there were hardly any graffiti on the walls, and the humid conditions have painted some nice colors on the walls.

After we were finished with the barracks, we wanted to check if there really was no access to the underground bunkers, so in spite of the rain we undertook a rather long walk through the forest - luckily, I had a rain cape with my, and my wife - as always - carried an umbrelly in her backpack, so we stayed realtively dry.
We did find some former access spots, but they were tighly locked and most of them even sealed with concrete. But we did find a curious looking emergency exit that made a nice location for a tour selfie.

We spent about two and a half hours in the area, before we got back to the car and started heading to the next location.

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